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Hey everyone,
 
I'd like to get your feedback/opinions on ifyou use a spotting scope in the field?
Obviously the benefits are clear when sighting in at 200yds+, but when you're out here hunting, do you use one and if so, for what hunts (terrain, animal, etc...).
 
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I only ever brought one along once while elk hunting and had a friend to carry it. We didn't find it all that useful and preferred glassing with binoculars. The terrain is mountainous and often heavily wooded so it's rare that there's a view over 1/2 mile. I'd consider using one hunting antelope but have found that a combination of binoculars and a 3-15X scope work fine.
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I bring a spotting scope with me EVERY time I go hunting in the field. This includes truck-based antelope hunts, horseback wall tent hunts, and weeklong expedition-style backpack hunts in severe terrain. I could not imagine not having a spotter in the field.
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I have mine in the field all the time as well.  I have a collapsible Meopta that fits in a pack well.  Having good binos and a spotter are a must for the type of hunting and terrain I hunt in.

I prefer spot and stalk hunting, so having a good spotter can save a ton of time and makes all the difference. 

I hunt mule deer and Elk in Utah.  Typically high mountains, elevations 7000 feet up to 11000 feet.  It is nice being able to see the animals and know what they are from miles away. 


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I glass with binoculars just becuase they are more comfortable, then use the spotter when I see something.
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Though I will undoubtedly use my spotter at the shooting range when it arrives, the sole reason I bought it was for hunting and off-season scouting trips, though like Midwest Hunter I'll likely glass with my binoculars until I see an animal or some terrain feature(s) I want a closer look at.
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A good spotting scope is useful, but there are places that you don't need it. Most places that I have elk hunted, the spotter is very useful. Good binoculars are very useful also. I take both most of the time.
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